After pretty much years of transfer speculation and countless rumours mainly emerging from Spain, Luis Suarez has finally departed Liverpool Football Club and moved onto to pastures new. Love or hate the man, it’s obvious to anyone that he’ll be incredibly hard to replace. Despite his actions, which cannot be justified, he’s still a legend at Anfield in my eyes.
Who’s capable of filling the humongous void left by Luis Suarez though? Step forward, Edinson Cavani.
Before I divulge further, I should say that it’s a massive coincidence that my preferred replacement is of the same nationality as our previous star. “Why don’t we replace a Uruguayan with a Uruguayan? That should work.” That wasn’t my thinking.
After declaring his interest this week in a move to England and reportedly instructing his agent to assess his options in the Premier League, I’d like to think the hierarchy at the Liverpool and perhaps that of Brendan Rodgers’ ears pricked up due to a possible interest. He’s a proven goalscorer, has experience in Europe, will undoubtedly be sold on the club from the likes of Suarez and, most importantly of all, he has the tools available to adapt quickly.
Cavani’s all round style is perfectly suited to English football. He’s strong, quick, can hold the ball up and bring others into play and should flourish in a Liverpool side that’s playing fluent, easy on the eye stuff under Rodgers. This, added to the fact that Cavani may help bring more out of Daniel Sturridge, means it’s a no brainer for me.
Of course there’s a few issues though – will Liverpool be prepared the stump up what could potentially be a fairly large transfer fee? Could we be up against the likes of Arsenal or Manchester United for his signature, or any other competition around the world for that matter? Would he feel comfortable filling the void left by his friend and fellow countryman Luis Suarez? Of course the list could go on and only he’ll know the answers, but if Liverpool fail to at least explore the Cavani option, then we’re mad.
I’ve read countless stories linking us to the likes of Wilfried Bony at Swansea and a few other forwards I know very little about, but the fact is, we need a proven goalscorer to replace our proven goalscorer. In a current market where established centre forwards are hard to acquire, Edinson Cavani’s availability is a mouthwatering and realistic prospect for the club. We simply can’t afford to take a gamble. Cavani wouldn’t be one.
By Richard Cork – Liverpool fan